Blue monkey

The blue monkey’s digestive tract has developed to accommodate a diverse range of diets; however, they prefer fruits 50% of the time

Assaf Levy

Yes, you’re right; these monkeys aren’t exclusively blue, instead are speckled-gray in color. However, the hairless face reflects a somewhat blue shade hence the name. Something worth mentioning is that they don’t know how to hide their feelings, as facial expressions and markings are quite visible. During copulation, females have been observed looking over their shoulders with a pout.

Also, did you know that female blue monkeys within a group show strong friendships, which include standing with each other during fights or sharing fashion tips (grooming)? We observe an unimale social system in this species where Alpha Male is the king with the right to copulate with all females in the group. Moreover, this Male is also responsible for keeping their group safe from other troops and predators.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2017
Burundi
2017
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2017
Eswatini
2017
Ethiopia
2017
Kenya
2017
Malawi
2017
Mozambique
2017
Rwanda
2017
Somalia
2017
South Africa
2017
South Sudan
2017
Tanzania
2017
Uganda
2017
Zambia
2017
Zimbabwe
2017

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No